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Kishida should learn from Xi that security is not just about arms

Japan cannot vie for leadership in Asia without substantive economic reform

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Fumio Kishida speaks to the media on Dec. 10: The Japanese prime minister's economic reform program lacks firepower.   © Reuters

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is making global headlines as he bulks up Tokyo's military capabilities, including putting in an order for a sizable number of Tomahawk cruise missiles from the U.S. ahead of his government's announcement of a new national security strategy that will focus on China.

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